Antelope DSR 2 LLC on June 17 requested that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issue an order that accepts its market-based rate schedule, under which the company will sell electric energy, capacity, and ancillary services at market-based rates.
Applicant is developing a solar photovoltaic project with a nameplate capacity rating of approximately 5 MW (ac) located in Lancaster, Los Angeles County, California. The Antelope DSR 2 Project is located within the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) balancing authority area in the Southwest region. Applicant has filed a notice with the commission of its status as a qualifying small power production facility (QF) and intends to file a notice of its status as an exempt wholesale generator (EWG) prior to reaching commercial operation.
Applicant expects the Antelope DSR 2 Project to begin generating test power during September 2016 and to reach commercial operation during October 2016. As a QF with a nameplate capacity rating of 5 MW (ac), the Antelope DSR 2 Project would normally be exempt from Section 205 of the Federal Power Act and would not be required to have a market-based rate schedule on file with the commission to sell electric energy, capacity, and ancillary services at market-based rates. However, its affiliates own and operate solar PV facilities that are located less than one mile from the Antelope DSR 2 Project.
Specifically, Western Antelope Blue Sky Ranch A LLC owns and operates a solar PV project with a nameplate capacity rating of 20 MW (ac) located in Los Angeles County, California (the “WABSRA Project”). Because the Antelope DSR 2 Project and the WABSRA Project will be located less than one mile apart, once the Antelope DSR 2 Project is placed in service, the Antelope DSR 2 Project and the WABSRA Project will be aggregated for purposes of determining the size of their QFs.
Antelope DSR 2 is committed to sell the entire output from the Antelope DSR 2 Project under a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Southern California Public Power Authority. The expiration date of the power purchase agreement for the Antelope DSR 2 Project will be determined based on its commercial operation date and therefore will not be known until the project reaches commercial operation. The Antelope DSR 2 Project will interconnect with the CAISO-controlled grid at the Antelope Substation.
Antelope DSR 2 is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sustainable Power Group LLC, which itself is a wholly-owned subsidiary of FTP Power LLC.